MAtthew Fisher is hoping to pick up where he left off in terms of his red-ball cricket as he eyes a return to the four-day format this weekend for Yorkshire in the Roses clash against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Fisher, who yesterday took two wickets for England Lions on day two of their four-day game against India A at Worcester, has yet to feature in the County Championship this year.
But the 20-year-old felt he was making great strides in the longer format towards the end of last season, as he helped Yorkshire avoid relegation to the second tier.
And with Yorkshire in a spot of bother once again towards the bottom of the Division One table, Fisher is keen to show that he can prove a valuable part in the battle to avoid the drop.
“I’ve bowled a lot with the white ball, but I feel like the red ball is a strength of mine,” said Fisher. “This Lions game isn’t just a chance to show what I can do – it’s a good confidence booster ahead of the Roses game, if selected.
“At the end of last season, I felt like my red ball stuff was progressing well. I’ve always felt my skills with the red ball have been really good. I’m patient and, when fit, I’m able to bowl 15 overs, not go at much more than three an over and pick up wickets.”
At the end of last season, I felt like my red ball stuff was progressing well. I’ve always felt my skills with the red ball have been really good.Yorkshire’s Matthew Fisher
Fisher’s 2018 campaign was interrupted early by a torn side that kept him out of action for six weeks before he returned to the fray to take 12 wickets in nine Royal London Cup appearances.
“I feel like I’ve bowled well without picking up loads of wickets,” he said. “Hopefully that’s around the corner and I can get a few three-fors, four-fors and five-fors on the bounce.”